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Setting up the Squeezebox Receiver

I’ve got a variety of Squeezebox Receivers dotted about the house, playing synchronized music and audio on demand. Due to the lack of a remote control requirement (using the Android controller), I opted to get the receivers on their own. However, the setup procedure is highly dependent on the remote control.

To work around this, grab a copy of net-udap from https://projects.robinbowes.com/Net-UDAP/trac. Switch user to root, and then fire up ./scripts/udap_shell.pl. Switch the receivers into init mode by holding down the front panel button until it blinks red slowly. If you end up with it flashing red quickly, you’ve just reset it to factory defaults. No great loss, as the procedure is mostly the same.

Once in the UDAP shell, run ‘discover’ to scan the network for devices. After a while it will come back to the prompt, and ‘list’ will show you the discovered devices. Pick one to configure with ‘configure X’ where X is the item number.

I found that the factory installed firmware was pretty poor at doing DHCP. This may due to my lack of expertise with this equipment, or actual bugs in the software. Whatever it may be, I found the best option was to give it some static network address settings first, let it update, and then switch to DHCP.

Due to the high demands I place on my home network, I have GigE ethernet to every device. Wireless is solely for laptops and mobile phones. Consequently, the settings below are for a wired connection.

Remember… run this AS ROOT!!

=== STATIC DETAILS ===
set lan_ip_mode=0
set interface=1
set lan_gateway=172.24.32.5
set lan_network_address=172.24.32.123
set lan_subnet_mask=255.255.255.0
set squeezecenter_address=172.24.32.6

save_ip
save_data
reset

After you hit save_data, it will send the settings to the device, and the device will hopefully respond to confirm it. You should see “Raw msg:” followed by a hexadecimal dump. If that doesn’t appear, try save_data again after a short delay.

The flashing LED sequence will hint that it’s not configured, but it is. If it detects a firmware update is required, it will start pulling it down and installing it. It will indicate that this is happening by rapidly flashing the front panel LED a bright white colour until the process is complete. Once it’s in a safe state, and if it’s still not indicating its presence on the network correctly, pull the power connector out and reinsert and then visit the Logitech Media Server web interface. The device should then be listed in the player drop down.

Now that the device is on the network and working, it’s time to switch it over to DHCP mode. Yet again, hold down the front panel button until it slowly flashes red. Jump into the UDAP shell again, run a discover on the network, and then configure the device that it finds.

=== DHCP DETAILS ===
set interface=1
set lan_ip_mode=1

save_ip
save_data
reset

This probably also won’t give any visual indication on the front panel. Tail the DHCP server logs to make sure it gets an IP allocated. If it does, check the Media Server web interface again.

All being well, it should then be up and running using DHCP. Happy listening!

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